WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part three

Where could a Nightmare on Elm Street go after five movies, a TV series and numerous appearances in pop culture? Freddy had gone from a horrifying villain to somehow, the hero of the series. Sure, this had happened to Godzilla and Gamera, but those monsters were always friends of children, not murderers of them. Wes Craven's… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part three

WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part two

In our last post, we got into the origin of the Nightmare on Elm Street films. Now, sadly, we start to discover why -- and when -- the series started to go downhill. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child - 1989 What can you say about a movie where the director, Stephen Hopkins (Predator… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part two

WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part one

I'll admit it. I'm guilty. I've unfairly maligned this franchise because of where it ended up versus where it began. And it's time that I rectified that situation. Over the past few weeks, I've been watching them all over again from the beginning and have come to change my opinion. Well, at least until the… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part one

WATCH THE SERIES: Fright Night

Fright Night was the first modern horror film I ever watched. I remember painting in my parent's kitchen and my father telling me not to be afraid and just watch it with him. It's a great start -- combining the Hammer films that I loved that didn't scare me with new school special effects and metacommentary.… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Fright Night

WATCH THE SERIES: Jurassic Park

In 1990, Universal Studios bought the rights to Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park before it was even published. The idea of dinosaurs being cloned and brought into our modern world just works. Starting with 1993's Jurassic Park and across several follow-ups, including 2018's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic World 3, announced for 2021, people can't seem to get… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Jurassic Park

WATCH THE SERIES: Creature from the Black Lagoon

There are no human beings worse than those that confront the Creature from the Black Lagoon, or the Gill-man, as he is sometimes called. All the creature wants to do is swim around, eat flamingos and lounge. Yet humanity wants to impose their will on him and only tragedy ensues. Our clammy pal was the… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Creature from the Black Lagoon

WATCH THE SERIES: Airport

Based on the novel Airport by Arthur Hailey (whose novel Flight into Danger was adapted into Zero Hour! (as well as a later TV movie using the original title) which was later remade as Airplane!, which is also a parody of these films, but more about that later), these four films go from class to cash-in. And the worse they… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Airport

WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 4

With Freddy vs. Jason stuck in development hell (what, no one just wanted to make money?), New Line didn't want people to forget Jason. So they sent him into the future. They sent him into virtual reality. And they sent him into space. Jason X - 2001 In 2010 -- 9 years in the future! -- Jason… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 4

WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 3

After years of hating the franchise, Paramount finally decided to give the Friday the 13th series a higher quality of budget and directors. Hey -- it only took six movies! Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood - 1988 Associate producer Barbara Sachs helped dream up several concepts for this film and according to writer Daryl… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 3

WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 2

By 1984, Jason wasn't going anywhere, even if every single sequel promised his final kill or the final chapter or the end of the series. As they say in pro wrestling, red means green. And Jason was bringing in plenty of both. (PS - We have an article on Jason in wrestling right here!) Friday… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 2